Originally Posted by 1234me
I bake out of my home and have for the past 7 years. (Legal where I live). I have been very successful and I am booked up months in advance. I chose to go into this field after being a stay at home mom and my children went into school. It was a dream of mine to be this successful and I thank God for that everyday.
But it is time for a change. I want my life back. I don't want all this responsibility. I want free time to do what I want. I have discussed this with my husband and he is supportive of my decision. I will no longer take orders after this summer. Excited to see what opportunity is out there for me outside of the cake world.
For those of you who stopped taking orders or closed your shop, was it a good decision? How did you go about telling your customers? I think I am going to look at it as a hiatus for 4-5 months and reevaluate and see if that is truly what I want to do. I am so excited to finally have my weekends free!!!!
We haven't completely stopped making cakes (yet), but we did close our shop and just do them on the side now. We're still trying to figure out how much we want to do, or if we just want to stop doing cakes completely, at least for a while. Of course we would finish the ones we already have on the books. For us, scaling back was absolutely a good decision, I am SO much less stressed! And we have a life again! The business (and especially the shop) took pretty much ALL of the joy out of it for us, which is why we are not even sure we want to do it at all.
As far as telling your customers, your FB page is a great way to just make an announcement saying that you are taking a break for a while, or however you would like to word it. You will probably still have to field calls for a while, or (assuming you have a separate business phone) you could say you are on a break on your outgoing message and not even have to answer the phone. Maybe put a message on the home page of your website as well.
It sounds like you are ready for a break, I say go for it! Enjoy having weekends again!